- The Guide To Cartagena, Colombia
   The Guide To Cartagena, Colombia



Each year, thousands visit Cartagena to engage in Medical and/or Dental procedures. Check out 1,2,3,4 reasons to visit Cartagena for your MEDICAL TOURISM ADVENTURE.:

1. PROEXPORT-COLOMBIA-A letter of introduction to the advantages of Medical/Tourism in Colombia. PROEXPORT is a division of the Government of Colombia.

Colombia on the Vanguard of Medical Tourism
Proexport Colombia | Miami, 23, June, 2010

During the past decade, Colombia has invested billions of dollars in building modern hospitals and clinics equipped with the latest technology. The country’s medical institutions now have the infrastructure and technological resources to rank among the finest health centers in the world. Testament to this is that the international arm of Miami’s highly regarded Jackson Memorial Hospital has begun negotiations with nine hospitals and clinics in Colombia to become affiliate medical facilities.

Colombian doctors, nurses and other medical personnel have trained at the world’s best universities and medical centers. Many doctors and surgeons are internationally recognized and have developed groundbreaking procedures and treatments. Colombia’s areas of specialty include:

• Cardiovascular treatments and surgeries
• Orthopedic and joint replacement surgeries
• Ophthalmologic surgeries
• Cancer treatments
• Fertility and reproductive surgeries
• Weight loss procedures
• Plastic and reproductive surgeries
• Dental care
• Comprehensive medical exams

What makes Colombia even more compelling as a medical tourism destination is that many procedures cost a fraction of what they do in the U.S. with no sacrifice in the quality of the medical care. According to the Medical Tourism Association, Colombia offers dramatic cost savings for some of the most common surgical procedures:

Surgery USA Colombia
Heart Bypass $144,000 $14,630
Hip Replacement $50,000 $8,360
Spinal Fusion $100,000 $14,500
Breast Implants $10,000 $2,600
Face Lift $15,000 $3,305
Source: Medical Tourism Association

With leisure travel and international business soaring in Colombia, the country also offers a full complement of modern tourism amenities. There are 29 non-stop flights between the U.S. and Colombia’s main cities on Continental, Delta, American Airlines, JetBlue and other carriers, as well as a wide spectrum of lodging options ranging from luxurious resorts to well-known American chains such as Marriott and Holiday Inn Express.

Most hospitals assist their foreign patients with travel and lodging plans and provide translation services and a guide, if necessary. Many offer a full-time nurse to assist with healing and recovery. Simply put, Colombia offers a warm welcome to its medical guests.

2. CURTIS HUNT, M.D. Doctor Hunt, from the Detroit, Michigan used the diagnostic medical services of a clinic in Cartagena. Dr. Hunt saved time and money while enjoying Cartagena, along with his girl friend, Katia.

3. "Foreign-trained docs as good as U.S. physicians" This appeared on MSNBC Aug. 3, 2010


Foreign-trained docs as good as U.S. physicians
Study: Patients treated by doctors born, trained overseas had lowest death rate
Reuters | WASHINGTON, Tue Aug 3, 2010 12:19am EDT

WASHINGTON — Physicians trained in other countries provide care just as good as U.S. doctors, according to new report published Tuesday in the journal Health Affairs.

"Despite a rigorous U.S. certification process for international graduates, the quality of care provided by doctors educated abroad has been an ongoing concern," said John Norcini, president of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research, who led the study.

Norcini's team analyzed 244,153 hospitalizations of patients with congestive heart failure or acute heart attack in Pennsylvania who were treated by either a U.S.-trained or foreign-trained doctor.

Patients of foreign-born international medical graduates had the lowest death rates. Patients of U.S. citizens who attended medical school in other countries had the highest death rates. U.S.-born and trained doctors fell in the middle.

"These findings bring attention to foreign-trained doctors and the valuable role they have played in responding to the nation's physician shortage," Norcini said.

"It is reassuring to know that patients of these doctors receive the same quality of care that they would receive from a physician trained in the United States."

He said 25 percent of all doctors practicing in the United States are educated abroad.

The study also found that experience did not always mean the best care. The longer it had been since a doctor left medical school, the worse the rate of death and complications requiring patients to stay in the hospital longer.

"Ongoing training programs and periodic reassessment of doctors' knowledge and skills can help maintain the level of physician competence needed to deliver high quality health care," Norcini said.

A second study, also published in Health Affairs, found nurse anesthetists can safely provide care without doctors supervising them.

The two reports suggest ways to help provide care to more Americans at potentially lower cost, just as healthcare reform promises to extend health coverage to millions who do not have it.

"Nurse anesthetists get essentially the same training in anesthesia as anesthesiologists. So in this case, a nurse is just about a perfect substitute for the doctor," Jerry Cromwell, a health economist at the Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina who led one study, said in a statement.

"Eliminating physician supervision will not only allow nurses to do what they are trained and highly qualified to do, but it will encourage hospitals and surgeons to use a more cost-effective mix of anesthetists."

Nurse anesthetists typically earn less than anesthesiologists, who are medical doctors.

Cromwell and colleague Brian Dulisse analyzed 481,440 hospitalizations covered by Medicare, the federal health insurance plan for the elderly. While more nurse anesthetists cared for patients during surgery between 1999 and 2005, there was no increase in bad outcomes.

About 46 million Americans, or 15 percent of the population, now have no health insurance. A new healthcare law signed in March is projected to extend coverage to 32 million more Americans, mainly by requiring them to buy it.

Many groups worry the already stretched medical system will be unable to accommodate so many more people seeking regular health care services.

4. A new book: "Hidden Gem: A Guide to Surgical
Tourism in Cartagena, Colombia" [Paperback]

Editorial Reviews

Product Description
What do you really know about your doctor? Is he just a nice genial person, a fellow golfer or crackjack surgeon? What really goes on behind the closed doors of the operating room? These are questions that thousands of people cannot answer, and most do not even know what questions to ask. As an insider in the world of surgery, I not only answer these questions, but I tell you more about the doctors of Cartagena, Colombia then you know about your long-term doctor down the street. These answers are more important than ever, now that our failing medical system is at a point of eminent collapse. Surgical specialties are particularly hard hit, as older surgeons retire with few new physicians choosing to take on the overwhelming responsibilities in a increasingly litigious society for less and less compensation. Surgical tourism is not the answer for everyone but it's certainly part of the equation and it might be a solution for you. For about 20% of the cost of treatment in the United States, with no waiting, patients can receive state of the art, boutique surgical care in new and modern facilities. Hidden Gem: A guide to surgical tourism in Cartagena, Colombia answers all of these questions and more, while giving concrete, and detailed information to help plan your surgical trip. This travel sized book also provides general health and safety tips for prospective patients to prevent medical complications while travelling. Unfortunately, many Americans are unsophisticated when it comes to being savvy health care consumers. We pay far too much for far too little, with unrealistic expectations and mediocre outcomes. This book explains how to become a better consumer of health care services, and how to better communicate with health care providers.

About the Author
Kristin Eckland is a acute care nurse practitioner, currently working in a solo physician cardiology practice on the island of St. Thomas. For five years, Kristin worked in cardiothoracic surgery in both academic and a smaller for-profit facility. In these positions; in both surgery and medicine; Kristin has had the privilege of caring for people during life-changing experiences; from diagnosis to discharge, and beyond. As a nurse, and patient advocate for affordable health care, Kristin has a special interest in the medical / surgical tourism industry. After noting a dearth of third-party information on medical tourism, Kristin became interested in providing objective, unbiased and useful information on medical services and facilities in other countries for Americans seeking health care abroad. With a background in sociology from Dalhousie University, in addition to a degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University, and several years experience, Kristin understands the fears, concerns and problems facing today's health care consumers. In her role as nurse practitioner; patient educator and advocate, Kristin is passionate about providing people with information and options. As a nurse practitioner in cardiac surgery, Kristin has seen what can and does go wrong in the world of surgery and acute hospitalization. In her career, she has both treated and prevented catastrophic, and other complications from surgical procedures. This is her first, but not her last book.

Hidden Gem: A Guide to Surgical Tourism in Cartagena, Colombia [Paperback]
K. Eckland (Author), Peter K. Smith (Introduction), Albert Klein(Contributor)
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